We started with base information from recent consultation activities in the area including an Inner South Community Council survey published in May 2020, the relevant local community concerns appear to be:
Five hundred and fifty five (555) residents responded to the Inner South Community Council survey of whom 82 (or 14.7%) were Yarralumla residents.
Survey comments specific to Yarralumla:
...very keen to see Stirling Ridge/Park protected...
... amazing community and environmental asset/space...
They valued street trees and other trees, the CSIRO heritage listed Forestry precinct in Banks Street, and the Brickworks and woodland near the Brickworks.
In terms of what they would like to change, Yarralumla respondents sought improved maintenance of paths and more pedestrian crossings.
One resident said:
...Novar Street in Yarralumla gets particularly busy with traffic (at speed) and is hard/dangerous to cross with kids. Install speed humps on Novar Street...
There was a desire for better and safer parking at the shops, as well as tenanting of vacant shops at the Yarralumla shops and upgrading of the Yarralumla shops streetscape, and better maintenance and renewal of street trees.
Overall, there was support for the proposal as presented, with many consultation participants wanting to immediately register for aged care or to purchase apartments. They were particularly encouraged by the capacity to age in place moving from residential to assisted living to aged care accommodation. Participants also appreciated the respect shown to the heritage buildings and the important treescape, and a plan for their ongoing maintenance and management. Adaptive reuse of heritage buildings for a boutique hotel and possible community uses, were also welcomed.
The impact of population increases from the combined Forestry Place and Brickworks developments on traffic congestion, parking at the Yarralumla shops, and the quality of life for existing residents were the principal concerns. These concerns informed commentary on density and future uses.
Some attendees commented that a residential use for the site was preferable to other uses where traffic generation would be more significant.
The height of buildings all being below the tree line, and density allowing for 60% of the site to remain as open space were welcomed. While most of the site is proposed for 2-4 storey buildings, some community members expressed doubt about the height of a 5 storey independent living building and the 5 storey elements of two other buildings, although they too would be below the tree line and allowed additional open space and existing trees to be maintained.